A “charming jewel of a musical” hits the Wilton Playshop stage next week, with the premiere of She Loves Me, a Broadway adaptation of Miklós Lászlo’s 1937 play Illatszertár — also known as Parfumerie.
The musical revolves around two shop employees, who are consistently at odds with each other, but are unknowingly each other’s secret admirer.
“It’s a feel-good, quirky musical so you’re going to walk away smiling and happy,” said Marcia Maslo, director. “It’s a love story and it’s just charming. I think anybody — even if they’re not a theater person, per se — will enjoy the musical.”
Of the approximately 30 people who auditioned in early December, 14 were selected to be part of the She Loves Me cast.
“We asked people to come prepared to sing a song of their choice. If we wanted them to stay, we asked them to read as a character from the show and then we had callbacks a couple days later, where people read with other actors,” explained Ms. Maslo, who has been involved in theater for more than 30 years.
“During callbacks, the production team got a chance to look at the talent and see what chemistry comes about with different actors and see who really looks and sounds like the part — or at least how we envision the part.”
Weather and illness made rehearsals — which began the first Sunday of January — a bit difficult, said Ms. Maslo.
“I try to be very respectful of people’s time, being that this is community theater and people have full-time jobs and families and whatnot, so we try to keep the rehearsal schedule to three nights a week,” she said, “but unfortunately, we had to add some rehearsals.”
Despite the challenges, Ms. Maslo said, the cast is in “really good shape.”
“We have everything choreographed, the music is in really good shape and now we’re at the point where we just run things,” she said, “which means we run different scenes or an entire act or we run the entire show.”